Postdoctoral researcher: evolutionary genetics of sex-specific selection and sexual conflict resolution in Salmon

Country: Finland;

City: Helsinki

Vacancy added: 17.01.2019

Employer: University of Helsinki

Vacancy type: PostDoc vacancy;

Resumes due: 13.02.2019

 

A postdoctoral researcher position is available for up to 3.5 years in Professor Craig Primmer’s research group at the University of Helsinki, Finland. The position is available immediately, until 8/2022. The position is funded by an ERC Advanced Grant entitled “Age at maturity in Atlantic salmon: molecular and ecological dissection of an adaptive trait”.

The postdoctoral researcher will conduct and co-supervise research to extend and expand our earlier research reporting sex-specific selection responses and resolution of a sexual conflict in Atlantic salmon via means of sex-dependent dominance leading to sex-specific patterns of maturation timing and size (see Barson et al. 2015; Czorlich et al. 2018). More specifically, the aim is to use evolutionary genetic modelling approaches to better quantify sex-specific selection, sexual conflict and to understand the population genetic consequences of its resolution. This work is complemented by ecological and quantitative and molecular genetic research being conducted within the same project by others in the group.

An appointee to the position shall hold a doctoral degree and have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work. Suitable applicants will have a strong background in evolutionary genetics as demonstrated by publications in relevant fields. Previous research experience in statistical and/or evolutionary modeling and knowledge of empirical population genetics is an advantage. Enthusiasm and ability to work as a part of a larger research team addressing related questions is also important.

The salary will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance with the overall starting salary amounting to c. 3100-3500 EUR per month, depending on the previous relevant research experience of the candidate. A six-month trial period will be applied.

Formal applications should include as a single pdf file:
- a CV including a list of publications and with names and contact details of at least two referees
- a max. 2 page letter of motivation

Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for the position. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 13 February 2019, with the preferred starting date being April 2019 (the position is available immediately).

Informal inquiries can be directed to Professor Craig Primmer (craig.primmer(at)helsinki.fi).

Finland is a member of the EU, has high quality free schooling (also in English), very affordable childcare, generous family benefits and healthcare, and was recently ranked as the best country in the world for expat families and in the world’s top ten most livable cities. The University of Helsinki is a top 100 ranked university in most ranking lists, and is currently investing heavily in life sciences research (see https://www.helsinki.fi/en/helsinki-institute-of-life-science).

Relevant articles:
Barson et al. (2015) Sex-dependent dominance at a single locus maintains variation in age at maturity in salmon. Nature 528:405–408.

Czorlich Y, Aykanat T, Erkinaro J, Orell P, Primmer CR (2018). Rapid sex-specific evolution of age at maturity is shaped by genetic architecture in Atlantic salmon. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 2: 1800–1807.

Mobley KB, Granroth-Wilding H, Ellmen M, Vähä J-P, Aykanat T, Johnston SE, Orell P, Erkinaro J, Primmer CR (2019) Home ground advantage: local Atlantic salmon have higher reproductive fitness than dispersers in the wild. Science Advances (in press) (see also https://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2018/12/10/311258?versioned=true)

 
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